Monday, February 22, 2010

More Precious than Gold: Canadian Olympic Champ Calls Disabled Brother 'My Inspiration'

By Kathleen Gilbert

TORONTO, February 18, 2010 ( - The winning performance of moguls skier Alexandre Bilodeau on Sunday sent a ripple of excitement through Canada as the world watched the young Canadian become the first ever to win Olympic gold on home turf. But for the newly-dubbed "Alexandre the Great," the real celebration was at the bottom of the course - where he embraced brother Frederic, who suffers from cerebral palsy and whom Bilodeau affectionately calls "my inspiration."

The elder of the two, Frederic stood up from his wheelchair and cheered, grinning widely in front of cameras, as his brother crossed the finish line. His parents quickly wheeled Frederic out, shouting all the way, to meet Alexandre.

When asked later how much of the gold medal belonged to Frederic, the skier replied, "A lot!" - and began to choke up.

"It's really getting me right now - my brother is my inspiration, growing up with handicapped people puts everything back in perspective, and he taught me so many things in life," he said.

"He's the happiest man … and he's always the happiest man." Full story.

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